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May|Jun 2019

“I arrived in the United States in May of 1946, as an 18-year-old refugee from the Holocaust. … I arrived all alone, having lost my entire family at the age of 14.” Dr. Michael Katz CCC’49 

Celebrate Your Reunion: May 17–19, 2019


Dr. Michael Katz CCC’49 writes, “The Mar|Apr Gazette came to me as I anticipated the 70 th anniversary of my graduation from Penn. The reminder of this is important and it has brought to mind my complex entry into the Penn family. I arrived in the United States in May of 1946, as an 18-year-old refugee from the Holocaust. I was brought to this country by one of the refugee organizations that was instrumental in resettling us who had undergone such trauma and exhibited the as yet unnamed post-traumatic syndrome. I arrived all alone, having lost my entire family at the age of 14. I spoke some English, sufficiently well to communicate, but I was bewildered by the newness of this experience. Before leaving my country of origin, Poland, I managed to complete my secondary education, and my goal was to study at a university in this country, aiming somewhat uncertainly toward a career in medicine. I was directed to Philadelphia—the reasons were a bit complicated and too complex to explain here—but I almost immediately wanted to find out what was the best university in that city. The answer I received, of course, was that it was the University of Pennsylvania. I was aware that in Europe in those days, if one opted to go to a university of one’s choice, the process of admission was relatively straightforward. The main effort there in those days was sustaining oneself scholastically once one’s studies began. With this notion in mind, I visited the Office of Admissions at Penn and asked to be admitted. This was greeted with some amazement, but after I explained my situation, they concluded that I should speak with Professor Glenn R. Morrow, the dean of the College. A few days later, when I showed up for the appointment and met the dean, I realized that we were conceptually quite apart. However, at that time, the University was facing a variety of cases of students, many of whom had just come back from the war, whose scholarly circumstances varied enormously. In this veritable chaos, some potential students already had university credits, but their education had been interrupted by the war and they were in need of individualized arrangements on a scale never experienced before by the traditional scholarly institutions. The dean listened to my story, shook his head, and gently admitted that he did not know what to advise me. After some thought, he asked me to come back and see him in a week, while in the interim he would consult with some faculty. When I returned, he was ready for me and offered me an opportunity to take college courses as a special student with credits suspended. When my documents that I expected to receive from Poland would arrive, and would be translated, evaluated, adjudged valid, I would receive my suspended credits and could continue on the path to graduation. Although this maneuver was unorthodox, it was not unique then. The University had to deal with resolving curricular problems of the former draftees, some of whom had partial credits from the past interrupted by their military service and many of whom were readjusting to normal lives after the vagaries of the war. For this reason Penn established the CCC (College Collateral Courses) that would make it possible for students to have their educational requirements molded to fit their special circumstances. This group was placed in the charge of a faculty member, a professor of political science. He very skillfully assumed this responsibility and for some time following exercised an avuncular responsibility to help adjust the scholarly requirements to the individual needs of these students. When my papers at last arrived, they were translated, examined, evaluated, and found acceptable. I actually received full credit for one year of college and thus completed my baccalaureate education in three years. Although my subsequent studies followed a more conventional path, my financial situation had been quite limited. I was able to secure the Harrison Fellowship and study biology in Penn’s Graduate School for a couple of years, but my goal of studying medicine needed to be deferred until I managed to secure financial support. Although this meant experiencing some hardship, it was an endurable challenge, thanks to the kind wisdom of Dean Morrow.”


Dorothy Mitchell Huber CW’55, longtime newsletter editor for the Class of 1955, is stepping down. She writes, “I’d like to pay tribute to Penn and the Class of 1955. … We ask in reflection: What is our inherent raison d’etre (a reason or justification for existence)? I believe we are friends and colleagues because we wanted a superb education from a prestigious university. Ivy League, no less. We command respect. We earned it. Our class produced a high percentage of success stories (i.e., Nobel Prize winner George E. Smith C’55), as well as two Alumni Class Award of Merit honors. And we have left behind some useful keepsakes—a large library conference room, a smaller library consultation room, the Library Acquisition Fund, Class of ‘55 plaques on walls and beneath our feet, scholarship and campus development monies through the Penn Fund. Thank you for my privilege of sharing our college experiences, in studies, activities, and friendships. The University of Pennsylvania was our educational home during four undergraduate years. These days rapid technology is thrusting us into the online digital degree age. It’s true, our classmates have dispersed to the four corners of the globe. But in our minds, Penn will always be A Place to Call Home.”


Lynn Sandler Hubschman CW’57 SW’64 writes, “My book Woozie Wisdom, available on Amazon with fabulous reviews, has a second volume coming out this March. It is all about life, sex, and love. Fun to read and share. Daughter Jody Miller has an international company, Business Talent Group; and daughter Tracy Drufovka SW’85 is director of transplant at Einstein Hospital in Philadelphia. Grandchildren are busy: Daniel is at Comcast; Alina just completed the Appalachian Trail and is about to do the Pacific Trail; Amelia will graduate from Harvard in May and will work for a private equity firm in New York. Emil and I divide our time between Philadelphia; Aventura, Florida; and Toronto.”

Celebrate Your Reunion: May 17–19, 2019


Charles Yrigoyen Jr. W’59 received his PhD in religion from Temple University in 1973 and retired as clergy in the United Methodist Church in 2004. He was recently presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who’s Who. Out of 1.5 million biographies, only a small percentage are selected for this award, which honors listees based on career longevity, philanthropic endeavors, and lasting contributions to society. Among that group, a handful are chosen to represent Marquis in the Wall Street Journal. Charles’s picture appeared in the February 8 issue.


David H. Marion W’60 L’63 ,senior counsel at White and Williams LLP, received the 2019 Lawyer of the Year Award for Legal Malpractice Law—Defendants fromBest Lawyers. He was also named one of the Philadelphia Inquirer’s 2018 Influencers of Law in the area of Litigation and Dispute.


Rob Gleason W’61 writes, “I was appointed by President Donald J. Trump W’68 to the Board of Visitors of the United States Air Force Academy, July 1, 2018.”


Steve Stovall W’62 ASC’63 writes, “My 10-year-old granddaughter, Vivien Stovall, and I participated in the Girls on the Run event held in Denver last November. It turned out to be more of a ‘walk and talk’ as we traversed the 5K course through the snowy streets of Denver. I followed up with a five-mile race on Thanksgiving at a faster pace. I’m retired from teaching college marketing courses, which gives me more time to train for running races—always wearing a Penn shirt—and writing a novel.”


Arthur L. Finkle WG’65 , designated as an advanced practitioner by the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR), was recently named editor and peer reviewer for the history and social science educational modules on Arthur has been practicing for 35 years in human resources administration and coheads ACR’s national section for Workplace Mediation. He also teaches at Kean University and Empire State College. As a rostered mediator, he appears for the New Jersey Superior Court as a mediator mentor. Arthur is also a mentor for online learning. He has authored five books on management and five on Judaism. Certified as a Reform Jewish Educator and mentored by an Orthodox rabbi, he has long served as educational director for two synagogues.


Ken Guttenplan W’66 writes, “I joined Wisselman, Harounian & Associates P.C., a law firm in Great Neck, New York, as an Of Counsel attorney. I will continue to focus on the areas of matrimonial, family law, elder law, and estate planning and am excited to begin a new relationship with this long-established and well-respected law firm serving clients in the Long Island and metro New York area. After attending Wharton, I graduated from Rutgers Law School and Rutgers Graduate School of Business. I am the past president of the University of Pennsylvania Club of Long Island and an active interviewer. Previously, I was in private practice in Lake Success for many years. I remain active in the Congregation L’Dor V’Dor (formerly known as Little Neck Jewish Center), where I have been a member of the board of trustees for over 20 years. I am fortunate to have three wonderful children, Elena, Marra, and Ethan; and two grandchildren, Andrew and Ramsey.”

Ron Samara W’66 is a professional artist in Palm Springs, California. View his work at


Eric R. White GEd’67 GrEd’75 , executive director emeritus of the division of undergraduate studies and emeritus associate dean for advising at Penn State, coauthored the article “Leadership in Higher Education: Insights from Academic Advisors” in the online journal The Mentor: Innovative Scholarship in Academic Advising. It is available at


E. Kenneth Furst W’68 WG’69, senior vice president of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, was named by Forbes magazine as one of Florida’s Best Financial Advisors in 2019. Kenneth is founder and past president of the Penn Club of Metro New Jersey.

Lawrence Kramer C’68 published The Hum of the World: A Philosophy of Listening, by the University of California Press. He writes, “The topic is sound and its formative influence—still too little acknowledged—on the ways in which we understand, feel, and sense our place in the world.”

Celebrate Your Reunion: May 17–19, 2019


Dr. Edward W. Gerner GM’69 has again been selected for inclusion in Marquis Who’s Who in America for 2019. In 2018, Edward was awarded the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.


Noelle Sickels G’71 has authored a new book. She writes, “Searching for Armando, an ebook available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble, explores three real lives and how their paths crossed, including what came before that intersection and what came after. There are facts in this book, and there are truths. There are guesses and opinions and memories. It’s a story of secrets—secrets harbored privately in individual hearts; secrets kept tightly within families; secrets unearthed or still stubbornly elusive. Intentionally or not, clues were left behind. Breadcrumbs in the woods. I picked my way down that trail like a hungry bird. Because the three people in Searching for Armando are my mother and my two fathers. One reviewer remarked that the book ‘encompasses a dazzling range of genres: memoir, biography, cultural history, mystery, and detective story.’ More information on Searching for Armando and on my four historical novels is available on my website,”


Yaseen Anwar C’72 W’72 writes, “On January 21, the Wharton/Penn Club of Singapore kicked off its 2019 Speaker Series in which I was a guest speaker on the Belt Road initiative, trade wars, and the impact on the global economy. The event included members from Harvard, Columbia, and Johns Hopkins.” Yaseen is the former governor of the Central Bank of Pakistan. In 2014, he was subsequently appointed senior adviser at Industrial & Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) Singapore, the largest bank in the world. He also serves on the advisory boards of the International Monetary Institute of Renmin University in Beijing and the Official Monetary Financial Institutions Forum in London. He adds, “I spend much of my time in Singapore, where my two sons will graduate this year from the Singapore American School, with one hoping to attend Penn.”

Teri J. Edelstein CW’72 G’77 Gr’79 is the curator of Everyone’s Art Gallery: Posters for the London Underground at the Art Institute of Chicago, running from May 25 to September 5. She recently published the essay “Chicago Encounters Art Deco” in Art Deco Chicago: Designing Modern America (2018), distributed by Yale University Press. She is also a contributor to Chicago By the Book: 101 Publications that Shaped the City and Its Image (2018).


Dr. M. Philip Luber C’73 is chair of the Department of Medical Education, associate dean for Graduate Medical Education, and the Hugo A. Auler Professor of Psychiatry at the Long School of Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.


Mark Goldberg C’75 writes, “After spending over 17 years at Honeywell UOP, at the end of 2018 I was faced with corporate downsizing. I have joined two colleagues to be senior counsel at the newly formed IP law firm of Paschall & Maas Law Office, and we work out of our homes in the Chicago suburbs. I continue to work as a patent attorney on US and foreign patent applications in technologies such as chemical, chemical engineering, mechanical, and software, including the Industrial Internet of things (IoT). I look forward to helping to grow our business in my first venture outside of government or corporate practice.”

Steven Harlem Gr’75 ,a clinical and neuropsychologist, has authored The Courage to Think Differently: A Bold Investigation of Prejudice, Human Behavior, and the Power to Revolutionize the Ideas that Shape Our World .

Valerie J. Hoffman CW’75 , professor and head of the Department of Religion at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, has edited a collection of research on the Middle East, titled Making the New Middle East: Politics, Culture, and Human Rights.


Avrom Jacobs SW’76 , who completed the two-year Wharton Management Program in 1981, writes, “I’m truly delighted to report the August birth of a third grandchild, Amitai, to my daughter, Kayla Jacobs, and her husband, Chaim Kutnicki, in Haifa. He joins his three-year-old brother, Elior, and his one-year-old cousin, Liev Max, son of Gilad Jacobs and Dr. Jamie Jacobs of Newton, Massachusetts. I retired from NormaTec, the medical/sports device firm cofounded with my late wife, Dr. Laura Furst Jacobs ChE’77 EE’77 GEng’78 Gr’82. I studied in the International Master’s in Public Health Program at Hebrew University and now travel extensively. It has also been a great pleasure to serve on the board of Yad Sarah, Israel’s largest volunteer organization, which dispenses medical equipment to all citizens and visitors to Israel free of charge.”


Richard Clarke W’77 GCE’81 writes, “For the past three and a half years, I have been serving as chief program management officer for Los Angeles Metro, in charge of Metro’s $16.8 billion capital program. This program includes transit, regional rail, and highway projects, with the largest being a nine-mile, $8.8 billion extension of the Purple Line subway, largely under Wilshire Boulevard to Beverly Hills, Century City, UCLA, and the Veterans Hospital. Previously, I spent 15 years at the Regional Transportation District in Denver as a project manager and assistant general manager of capital programs, leading RTD’s $5.7 billion FasTracks expansion program; and also working for 10 years on new Light Rail projects in Dallas. I have been married for 30 years to my wife, Debra, and have three daughters, all of whom live in Denver. I thank Dr. Vukan Vuchic, professor emeritus of transportation systems engineering and city and regional planning, for being an inspiration during my time as a student at Penn and throughout my career.”

Bruce Curley C’77 was appointed vice president of the American Civil Defense Association, after eight years on its board of directors. He writes, “I’ve published more than 14 civil defense strategy articles for their Journal of Civil Defense. My most recent article is ‘Children and Civil Defense’ (2018 Volume 51, Issue 1, Volume 51). In February, I donated copies of these Civil Defense Journals, along with 45 years of my published poetry, to Miscellaneous Collection 1352, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Penn Libraries.” Bruce invites alumni contact at


Bonnie Litt C’78 , board chair of the education nonprofit Breakthrough New York and general counsel of Success Academy Charter Schools, has been inducted into the Futures Industry Association Hall of Fame. From 1989 through 2018, Bonnie was a lawyer at Goldman Sachs. She recently left Goldman to pursue her long-term interest in education reform.

Dr. Mace Rothenberg C’78 was appointed chief medical officer of Pfizer on January 1. He writes, “In this new capacity, I am responsible for ensuring that individuals who receive a Pfizer medicine or vaccine, and healthcare professionals who prescribe or administer them, have the information they need to make appropriate, informed decisions. Prior to this appointment I served as chief development officer for Oncology at Pfizer. During my 10 years of leading clinical development for Oncology, Pfizer received FDA approval for 11 new cancer medicines. In recognition of this, I was awarded the first Craig A. Saxton Lifetime Achievement Award by Pfizer in October 2018.”

Celebrate Your Reunion: May 17–19, 2019


Mike Sherman C’79 W’79 writes, “I am proud to announce my first (and last!) book, coauthored with my son, Alex Sherman. The book is titled 52 Things We Wish Someone Had Told Us About Customer Analytics.” Mike is a marketing, insights, and big data consultant based in Hong Kong. Alex is currently pursuing an online Master of Computer and Information Technology degree from Penn Engineering.


Dr. George L. Grillon D’80 writes, “I’m pleased to announce my recent fellowship in the American College of Surgeons.”


Dr. Larry Clark Gr’83 , director of the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC), has been selected as the Federal Laboratory Consortium’s 2019 Laboratory Director of the Year. This award is presented to a federal laboratory director who has made outstanding contributions in support of technology transfer. Examples of recently patented and licensed NWRC technologies include a wildlife contraceptive, bird repellents, traps for large reptiles, and an automated bait delivery system. Larry has been working at the USDA since 1991.

Patrizia Longo C’83 has authored a new textbook, Justice Unbound: Voices for the 21st Century. Patrizia is a professor of politics at Saint Mary’s College of California.

Celebrate Your Reunion: May 17–19, 2019


Sara Hertz C’84 is the new chief development officer for Philabundance, a hunger relief organization in Philadelphia.

Dr. Jerome Potozkin C’84 , a board-certified dermatologist practicing in Northern California, writes, “I just had my first book published, Botox and Beyond: Your Guide to Safe, Nonsurgical, Cosmetic Procedures .”

Toby Fisher Singer EAS’84 and Dr. Marc Singer were married on December 23 at the Greentree Country Club in New Rochelle, New York. Toby writes, “Guests at the wedding included Paul Zarowin C’77 and Greg Kesten C’78. I am an administrative engineer with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection. Marc is a physician in a private practice in New Hyde Park, New York, where he specializes in internal medicine and cardiology. We reside in Hillcrest, New York.”

Dr. Lisa Young W’84 , a nutritionist in private practice and adjunct professor of nutrition at New York University, has authored her second book, Finally Full, Finally Slim: 30 Days to Permanent Weight Loss One Portion at a Time , in January by Center Street, a division of Hachette Book Group. Lisa writes, “This book takes a scientific and commonsense approach to permanent weight loss by addressing portion sizes and lifestyle. Finally Full, Finally Slim is a 30-day guide teaching readers how to create a healthy mindset, a smart food environment, healthy habits, and ultimately a healthy and fulfilling life. It addresses food shopping, cooking, dining out, mastering special occasions, smart snacking, decoding food labels, debunking health halos, exercise, sleep, and lots more. It was praised by the New York Times, New York Post, CNN, and the 17 th US Surgeon General Richard Carmona.”


Tracy Drufovka SW’85 see Lynn Sandler Hubschman CW’57 SW’64.


Philip Franz Seitz Gr’86 writes, “In November 2018 I retired from the US Foreign Service after a 30-year federal career. My assignments included Shenyang, China; Berlin, Germany; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; the Zabul Provincial Reconstruction Team (Afghanistan); the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team (Afghanistan); Frankfurt, Germany; Accra, Ghana; Abuja, Nigeria; and as the foreign policy adviser to the commanding general of the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command. Upon retirement, I received the Secretary of State’s Career Achievement Award. After spending many years at hardship assignments overseas, separated from my family and community, I am overjoyed to be back on the North Shore of Chicago, my home. Since retiring and coming home, I have been working as a substitute teacher at my old high school, New Trier, and in the Wilmette, Illinois, public schools, subbing for all grades K–12 and all subjects.”


Arturs Krišj ā nis Kari ņ š C’88 Gr’96 was elected prime minister of Latvia on January 23. He was formerly a member of the European Parliament representing Latvia.

Dara Redler C’88 W’88 has been appointed general counsel for Tilray Incorporated, a Canada-based cannabis production company. She is based in Toronto.

Celebrate Your Reunion: May 17–19, 2019


Roy Larson W’89, Keith Wasserstrom W’89 L’92, and Steven Schultz C’89, former roommates at Penn, met at American Airlines Arena to take in a Miami Heat game while planning their trip to Philadelphia for their 30th Reunion.

Lisa Niver C’89, founder of We Said Go Travel, was recently invited to share travel segments on KTLA TV in Los Angeles, and she was part of the station’s Critic’s Choice Awards and Oscars coverage. Lisa writes, “For President’s Day Weekend, I was on the KTLA morning news, talking about Philadelphia! I worked on the segment with Cara Schneider C’89 from Visit Philadelphia. There were over 5.8 million Twitter impressions for the segment, and in the first 30 minutes more than 5,500 people texted to win our Philadelphia Travel Giveaway.” In February 2019, #Travel1K named We Said Go Travel the No. 3 blog on its top 1,000 travel blogs list, and Lisa was named the top female travel blogger. View the segment at


Roy W. Arnold C’90 has joined the Pittsburgh office of Blank Rome LLP as partner in the Commercial Litigation group and cochair of the National Class Action Defense team.

Joe Madge EE’90 writes, “February marked the one-year anniversary since I was elected chair of the Lexington County (South Carolina) Democratic Party. In 2018, we actually had more Democratic votes in our county than in 2016 and we’re just getting started! Please check out our website,, to learn more.”


Tom Jester GFA’91 , a principal with Quinn Evans Architects, has been named a fellow with the American Institute of Architects in recognition of his achievements in the renewal of aging buildings using advanced technology and pioneering methods in preservation science.

A. Whitney Sanford G’91 Gr’95 has authored Living Sustainably: What Intentional Communities Can Teach Us about Democracy, Simplicity, and Nonviolence , published by the University Press of Kentucky. She is a professor of religion at the University of Florida.


Josh Resnik C’92 writes, “I joined DC-area tech company FiscalNote as chief content officer and SVP/publisher. FiscalNote’s investors include Mark Cuban, Yahoo founder Jerry Yang, and Steve Case’s Revolution Fund. In my role I oversee publications CQ and Roll Call, which FiscalNote recently acquired from The Economist. CQ and Roll Call have been covering US government policy and politics for 75 years and 65 years, respectively. We will be increasing coverage in a number of growth areas, leveraging FiscalNote’s AI technology platform, and we are currently building out new TV and podcasting studios to add to our multimedia capabilities. The hallmark of our coverage is increasingly rare in today’s volatile media and political environment: nonpartisan, in-depth coverage of fast-changing policy issues that impact industries such as health, finance, and the environment.”

Noam Wasserman EAS’92 W’92 has been appointed dean of the Sy Syms School of Business at Yeshiva University. Noam is the Lemann Chair in Entrepreneurship at the University of Southern California (USC) as well as the founding director of USC’s Founder Central Initiative. Prior to that, he was a professor at Harvard Business School for 13 years.


Lisa Nass Grabelle C’93 L’96 and Kiera Reilly C’93 write, “We can’t believe that a year ago we were back on campus celebrating our 25th Reunion. As our 30th will be here before we know it, we thank our classmates who already volunteered to join our class board. If you are interested in a position on our class board for this next five-year cycle, please email Lisa at or Kiera at Join our Class of 1993 Facebook group to keep in touch before we officially celebrate in May 2023!”

Celebrate Your Reunion: May 17–19, 2019


John Miao G’94 , director of business development at, shares that Brainsy has launched “the world’s first bespoke engagement reward platform.” The platform, called Engagement Dividend Reward Toolset, or Brainsy E.T., will reward users for engagement, activities, and tasks completed.


Scott Fox G’96 has been named a fellow at the American Medical Informatics Association. He is a principal in Payment Reform and Delivery at the MITRE Corporation, a Windsor Mill, Maryland-based not-for-profit that provides systems engineering, research and development, and information technology support to the US government.

Dr. Charlie Groth G’96 Gr’99 has authored Another Haul: Narrative Stewardship and Cultural Sustainability at the Lewis Family Fishery . She teaches cultural anthropology and research writing at Bucks County Community College.

David M. Kerko EE’96 W’96 has been elected to technology company TE Connectivity’s board of directors.

Dr. Roy Vongtama C’96, a clinical oncologist and professional actor [“Profiles,” Mar|Apr 2008], is the author of Healing Before You’re Cured: An Evidence-Based Guide to Taking Control of Your Body and Mind .


Christine Kray Gr’97 has published a new book, Nasty Women and Bad Hombres: Gender and Race in the 2016 US Presidential Election , with her coeditors Tamar W. Carroll and Hinda Mandell. She also authored an essay in the volume, titled “A Renaissance of Feminist Ritual: Susan B. Anthony’s Gravesite on Election Day.” Christine is an associate professor of anthropology at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Rebecca Rutstein GFA’97 , a Philadelphia-based artist whose work is inspired by her love of oceanography, was invited for a third residency at the University of Southern California’s Boone Center for Science and Environmental Leadership on Catalina Island, a workshop funded by the National Academy of Sciences. She also returned as a visiting chair for global understanding at the University of Georgia in March and continues to display her work in a solo exhibition at Georgia Museum of Art through October. In February, she was a finalist for a public art commission at the University of Kansas Medical Center.


Ruchika Kumar GL’98 , assistant general counsel at the biotech company Genentech, was featured in an article in American Healthcare Leader, titled “Ruchika Kumar Sticks to Her Principles.” It can be found at

Celebrate Your Reunion: May 17–19, 2019


Randall P. Hsia C’99 has joined Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP as a partner in the Litigation Services department. He works out of the firm’s Philadelphia office.


Vincent Marshall EAS’00 GEng’16 and Sophie Nadkarni, a graduate student in the School of Social Policy and Practice, were married on December 30 at Christ Church in Philadelphia with a reception at the Union League. Vincent writes, “We met while pursuing our mid-career graduate degrees and playing mediocre squash at the Racquet Club. We live in Connecticut where Sophie is a practicing psychotherapist and I, weather permitting, ski to work at a hedge fund. At the wedding, we were joined by many fellow Penn alumni, including Derek Nececkas C’98 EAS’98, E. Scott Aronow W’98, Milan Young EAS’98, Adam Cohen C‘99, Mike Tieff EAS’00 L’03, Augustus Ang C’01, Timothy Randolph Barr W10, Sarah Friedman L06, Spencer L Thomas III Gr’19, Zenas Hutcheson IV GFA13, Suzanne Daly GrS15, Roxanne Kennedy GrS16, Gillian Murray GrS16, Meagan Corrado GrS16, Chelsea Toth Williams GrS16, Daniel Auerbach GrS18, Mary-Kay Tuohy-Gustafson GrS18, Jim Joseph GrS16, Miriam Kepner CW70, John Kepner L’71, Guy M. Tufo W73, Rajesh Garg C81, and Rohit Turkhud GL83.”


Leah Davis Aviram C’01 writes, “My husband, Jesse Aviram, and I are overjoyed to announce the birth of our daughter, Lyla Beth Aviram, in October. Mom, Dad, and big brother Nathan are all so in love with Lyla and happy to welcome her into our family! We live in New York City, where I am assistant general counsel at Boxed (”

Daniel DiCenso G’01 GEd’01 Gr’05 has been promoted to associate professor with tenure by the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he has been part of the faculty since 2008. His research focuses on Medieval liturgy, with an interest in the history of Gregorian chant during the eighth and ninth centuries.


Jody Goehring C’03 ,managing partner at investment firm Hyde Park Ventures, writes, “I wanted to update Penn on my new entrepreneurial venture, building the leading franchise-focused investment firm in the country. In two years, we’ve built the third-largest US Five Guys franchise and will be expanding globally with the brand this year. We are also investing in other segments of the hospitality world, including franchised hotels with the tier one flags. We are backed by private limited partners and are always looking for alumni investors to join our limited partner ranks.”

Stephanie M. Langin-Hooper C’03 and her coeditor S. Rebecca Martin have released The Tiny and the Fragmented: Miniature, Broken, or Otherwise Incomplete Objects in the Ancient World, from Oxford University Press. Stephanie is a professor of art history at Southern Methodist University.

Caryn Tamber-Rosenau C’03 , instructional assistant professor of Jewish studies at the University of Houston, has published her first book Women in Drag: Gender and Performance in the Hebrew Bible and Early Jewish Literature .

Celebrate Your Reunion: May 17–19, 2019


Deborah Bieler Gr’04 has authored a new book, The Power of Teacher Talk: Promoting Equity and Retention Through Student Interactions , published by Teachers College Press. She writes, “The book investigates the connections between two persistent educational challenges: high attrition rates of both high school students and teachers. Based on a study of thousands of daily interactions between new equity-oriented English teachers and their students, the book proposes that teachers who show a commitment to equity in their communications can positively affect student retention and are more likely to remain in the profession. Blending vivid descriptions of classroom life with equity and language research, the book urges teachers to be aware of and intentional about the power of their interactions with students and aims to shift the narrative about what kinds of teaching practices matter and how teachers can and do work toward equity.” Deborah is an associate professor in the English department at the University of Delaware.

Ross Clark C’04 is CEO of Sanctuary, a mystical products and services company. In March, his company launched an astrological reading app, with daily horoscopes and live on-demand readings with professional astrologers.


Elizabeth Ireland G’05 has joined the board of directors for Philabundance, a hunger relief organization based in Philadelphia. Elizabeth is a partner in Audit Services, Nonprofit, and Higher Education at Grant-Thorton LLP.

Natasha Murray GrED‘05 writes, “My recent article, ‘Making Imaginary Roots Real,’ has been published in Mathematics Teacher, a peer-reviewed teacher journal published by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. It is available for a free download at An accompanying task for math teachers and students is available at The article has also been translated into Spanish (visit or More information can be found at”


Maria Vigilante C’06 has joined Blank Rome’s Fort Lauderdale, Florida, office as an associate in the Commercial Litigation group.


Amy Romm Lockard GEd’07 has founded Dovetail College Consulting, which guides teens and families across the US through the college search and application processes. She writes, “Drawing from my school counseling background, I connect with teens of all personalities and help them better understand themselves before translating this information to a college search. I also specialize in working with teens with diagnosed learning, physical, and/or mental differences, as well as those who identify as LGBTQ+.”


Olivier Adler W’08 and Erica Nachamkin Adler W’10 welcomed their son, Aryeh Marcus Adler, into their family in December. The Adlers live in San Francisco where Olivier works for eero and Erica for YouTube.

Steven E. Economou C’08 has joined Blank Rome’s Los Angeles office in the Finance, Restructuring, and Bankruptcy group.

Daniel Howard C’08 writes, “I recently joined Somers Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine after completing my sports medicine fellowship at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles. I specialize in orthopaedic surgery, specifically arthroscopic surgery and sports medicine, serving patients throughout Westchester County, Putnam County, and the Hudson Valley in New York, as well as Fairfield County in Connecticut at a brand new office and surgery center in Danbury, Connecticut. My wife, Parisa Bastani Howard C’08, and I recently moved to New Canaan, Connecticut, and she is currently a vice president in sports marketing consulting at Octagon.”

Julie Perilstein Mozes C’08 writes, “Daniel Mozes C’08 and I are proud to announce the arrival of our second son, Maxwell Reid Mozes, on January 3. Max was welcomed by grandparents Ron Perilstein W’80, Jayne Davis Perilstein W’80, Sanford “Sandy” Mozes L’79, and Clare Kahn Mozes. Dan, Max, his big brother Henry, and I currently live in Center City Philadelphia.”


Erica Nachamkin Adler W’10 see Olivier Adler W’08.

Joey Zwillinger WG’10, cofounder and co-CEO of the shoe company Allbirds, is host of a new series on SiriusXM, Purpose Built. Each one-hour episode showcases Joey in conversation with high profile business guests discussing how to create and support socially responsible companies. Find the show on SiriusXM’s Business Radio Powered by the Wharton School channel 132 at 12 p.m. EST, and on Insight channel 121 at 6 p.m. EST.


Sarah Dowling Gr’12 , assistant professor at the Centre for Comparative Literature and Victoria College at the University of Toronto, has written a new book, Translingual Poetics: Writing Personhood Under Settler Colonialism .

Shereen Kassam WG’12 is host of a new podcast, titled Creative Breakthrough: Jumpstart Your Creative Journey. Shereen is an internationally touring stand-up comedian, actor, and Fortune 100 manager. Her podcast is centered on minorities in the arts, and each weekly episode features in-depth conversations with creatives across entertainment, business, fashion, design, and the arts. Find more information on

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Daniel DiMassa Gr’14 has joined the Worcester (Massachusetts) Polytechnic Institute as a full-time assistant professor in the Department of Humanities and Arts. He had been an assistant teaching professor there since 2014.


Melissa Johnston Esparza C’15 writes, “Antonio Esparza and I were married on January 5, 2018, in Metuchen, New Jersey, after meeting at the Penn Newman Center in 2014. In the wedding party were Kimberly Feeney C’15, Elizabeth Feeney C’15, Rosmary George EAS’16, Nicholas Zarra W’16, and Joseph Dembik C’18. Among the guests were Matthew Hammond C’16 G’16, Divya Ramesh C’16, Michael Freeman C’17, Aubrie Kletzel Nu’17, Anthony Carradorini EAS’18 GEng’18, and Stephanie Spinosa N’18. A valiant attempt was made to attend our frigid, post-blizzard celebration by Rhiannon Grodnik C’17.”


Second Lieutenant Anthony J. Iannarelli III C’16 received his Silver Wings on February 15 from Colonel Samantha A. Weeks, commander of the 14th Flying Training Wing, at a graduation ceremony for US Air Force Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 19-06 in Columbus, Mississippi. Anthony also received the Academic Excellence Award at the Class 19-06 dinner that evening. Anthony will start the next phase of his training on the C-130J Super Hercules at Dyess Air Force Base in Texas.

Sujay Suresh Kumar GEE’16 and Adriana Vázquez Oritz GEng’16 are cofounders of Lilu Incorporated, which makes products for busy moms [“iDesigning the Future,” Jul|Aug 2016]. Sujay writes, “Adriana and I met in a robotics class at Penn, where we were lab partners. Our passion to empower women and moms prompted us to join forces and create the Lilu Massage Bra. After surveying over 500 moms, countless hours of R&D, three years of product development, and beta testing with over 130 moms, I am very excited to share that we launched the Lilu Massage Bra on Kickstarter. It is the first truly hands-free, pumping bra that automates breast massage to help nursing moms pump more milk in less time. The Lilu Massage Bra is currently in production. Winning the iDesign competition at Penn for the Lilu Massage Bra enabled us to start our company. The Penn community has always been incredibly helpful to us and we honestly could not be where we are today without it.” Read more at


Riane Puno C’18 has launched a new podcast, titled Alma Matters. She writes, “It’s a candid conversation between me, a recent Penn grad, and more accomplished graduates who have either founded companies or excelled at the companies they currently work at. … While podcasts like How I Built This showcase interviews with entrepreneurs, I think what’s missing is a podcast that allows listeners to resonate with school experiences more and how those may have shaped future careers.” More information can be found at

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